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October is a very special month for those of us living in California because it marks the anniversary of when ‘Abdu’l-Bahá visited our state during his journey across the United States in 1912. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá spent time in San Francisco, as well as many other locations across the state. Below is a chronology of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s activities while He was here. It might be fitting this month to reflect on ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s historic trip in 1912 or visit some of the same local sights and places where He also stood so many years ago.


October 3

Arrived in San Francisco after midnight at the Ferry Terminal and met by San Francisco Assembly chairperson

Transported to His residence at 1815 California Street, San Francisco and greeted by a few local Bahá’ís

Received visitors including Stanford University President David Starr Jordan who invited Him to speak at Stanford

Interviewed by a San Francisco Examiner reporter

Met with friends and children late in the afternoon and in the evening delivered addresses of welcome to the adults in Helen S. Goodall’s 1537 Jackson Street, Oakland home


October 4

Received many people, including Mrs. Mary C. Bell and Professor Ernest A. Rogers, and others from all the cities bout the Bay, at the 1815 California Street residence

Addressed, greeted, and welcomed them to His home


October 5

Met with friends throughout the day including Honorable J. Stitt Wilson, Mayor of Berkeley (EGC), Professor Rogers at California Street residence

Visited Lloyd’s Lake in Golden Gate Park.

Attended the regular Assembly meeting held each Saturday night at the Lick building, 35 Montgomery Street, where He delivered a most wonderful talk


October 6

Met with Mr. McCarthy at California Street residence

Spoke at the First Unitarian Church at Franklin & Geary Street, San Francisco 11 AM

Spoke at the First Congregational Church in Oakland at 12th and Clay Streets


October 7

Met with Frank Carroll Giffen, Miss Ollie Gish (blind), Mrs. Emma Blum, Mr. and Mrs. White from Honolulu, Mrs. Masten and son (Joseph?), Mr. Raymond (member of Masonic Order) at California Street residence

Addressed the Japanese YMCA of Oakland at the Japanese Independent Church.

Blessed Japanese babies brought to him.


October 8

Spoke at Stanford University, Palo Alto.

Had lunch with Stanford University President, David Starr Jordan.

Visited Isabella C. Merriman and Mr. Clarence Reed in Palo Alto.

Spoke at the Unitarian Church, then located at the northeast corner of Canning Avenue at Cowper Street in Palo Alto.

Spent the night as a guest of Mrs. Merriman at her daughter’s home in Palo Alto


October 9

Returned to San Francisco

Met with Mrs. Narcissa A. Purdon at California Street residence

Spoke at Berkeley High School at Allston Way and Grove Street, Berkeley, auspices Home Truth


October 10

Met with David Stone at California Street residence

Visited Charles Tinsley at his residence at 1247½ Webster Street, San Francisco

Met with Dr. Woodson Allen in Golden Gate Park

Met with Dr. Woodson Allen and Mrs. Goodall in automobile

Addressed the Open Forum


October 11

Visited Mr. and Mrs. William T. Grosse at 2115 Baker Street, San Francisco

Possibly visited Martin A. Meyer, the Rabbi of Temple Emanu-El at 2109 Baker Street, San Francisco.

Addressed Theosophical Society in the Native Sons Building, Yosemite Hall, at 414 Mason Street, San Francisco


October 12

Addressed congregation of Temple Emanu-El, then located at 450 Sutter Street, San Francisco

Observed Children’s Day at Mrs. Goodall’s home, Oakland

Spoke with friends at Mrs. Goodall’s Oakland home


October 13

Spoke at the Reading Room for the Blind at 1665 Jackson Street, San Francisco

Visited the beach

Met with friends in the 1815 California Street parlor


October 14

Met with Kuwanichi Yamamoto and Japanese friends, Portland OR people, Portland OR, Seattle and Spokane WA people, Portland people at California Street residence

Departed for Mrs. Phoebe Hearst’s home in Pleasanton


October 15

Stayed at Mrs. Hearst’s home in Pleasanton


October 16

Spoke to the servants at Mrs. Hearst’s home

Returned to San Francisco

Met with Portland, Seattle and Spokane people at California Street residence

Spoke at the Century Club at 1355 Franklin Street, San Francisco

Gave the Feast of ‘Ilm at Mrs. Goodall’s home in Oakland

Met with Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Cooper at Mrs. Goodall’s home in the evening


October 17

Met with gentleman from India at Mrs. Goodall’s home

Received guests for private interviews and talks including Mrs. C. B. Wise, Miss Ramona Allen, Betty, Marie Barr, and Portland, Seattle and Spokane people at the California Street residence


October 18

Departed for Los Angeles


October 19

Met with journalists at Lankershim Hotel, Los Angeles

Gathered the friends from Bakersfield to San Diego at the Hotel Lankershim

Visited Thornton Chase’s grave in Inglewood, California accompanied by friends

Spoke at the Bahá’í headquarters in the Grosse Building


October 20

Took a motor trip to Pasadena and Busch Gardens

Met with Theosophist lady and Mrs. George Witte of Long Beach at Lankershim Hotel, Los Angeles

Departed from Los Angeles


October 21

Returned to San Francisco

Addressed friends at California Street residence including Seattle people, Takeshi Kanno (Japanese poet), Portland people, Dr. Allen and son


October 22

Visited the Greek Theater at the University of California in Berkeley

Met with children, Seattle people, Professor Rogers and mother, Mrs. Saxter, Mrs. Marie Beckwith, Mrs. McElwee, Miss Angeline Haste (interpretation of a dream at California Street residence

Inscribed Mrs. Grosse’s Bible at California Street residence

Spoke at the farewell meeting in Mrs. Goodall’s home in Oakland

Remained in Oakland overnight


October 23

Met with Miss Ramona Allen at California Street residence

Spoke with Miss Ramona Allen, Betty Marie, Mrs. Munroe’s friends from Berkeley, Mrs. Weiman, and Miss Charlotte D’Evelyn at Mrs. Goodall’s Oakland home

Addressed friends and concluded visit at Mrs. Goodall’s Oakland home

Returned to San Francisco

Addressed friends at California Street residence


October 24

Received guests for interviews and talks including Seattle people and Mrs. King and others at the California Street residence


October 25

Bid farewell to friends at 1815 California Street

Departed for Sacramento

Spoke with Miss Christine Frazer and others at the Home of Truth in Sacramento

Spoke with F. R. Hinkle, reporter of Sacramento Union, at Hotel Sacramento

Spoke with audiences in the parlor mezzanine floor and the Assembly Hall in the Hotel Sacramento


October 26

Spoke with 3 maids in the Hotel Sacramento

Gave second address at the Hotel Sacramento

Interviewed by reporter, W. A. Lawson, from the Sacramento Bee in the Hotel Sacramento

Had farewell lunch with Sacramento friends at Hotel Sacramento

Departed for Denver, Colorado